Dying in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic: Contextual considerations and clinical recommendations

Psychol Trauma. 2020 Aug;12(S1):S98-S99. doi: 10.1037/tra0000818. Epub 2020 Jun 11.


Dying is a natural part of life; however, death is often a fearful, frightening event. Dying in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic presents challenges that magnify normative fears and may interfere with a healthy grieving process. To maintain a resilient spirit among those who are at risk of losing a loved one or who have lost a family member to COVID-19, it is important that they be provided with the necessary contextually and culturally appropriate skills and resources to facilitate healing in the face of hardship and uncertainty. (PsycInfo Database Record (c) 2020 APA, all rights reserved).

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Attitude to Death*
  • Bereavement*
  • COVID-19
  • Coronavirus Infections / psychology*
  • Family / psychology*
  • Humans
  • Mental Health Services
  • Pandemics
  • Pneumonia, Viral / psychology*
  • Psychological Trauma / psychology*